Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times file, 2009

The smoking tent of the Schwarzenegger administration, used in 2009 by his chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, gave way to a yoga session for about 20 state workers last week.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown's courtyard goes from "cigar tents to yoga mats"

Published: Monday, Jun. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Brown's office takes time to practice yoga in courtyard

It was a busy day Thursday for Gov. Jerry Brown, what with developments in the state's prison overcrowding case and a flap over public records.

At the end of it, the governor's press office posted a photograph on Twitter of about 20 barefoot administration employees practicing yoga in the governor's private courtyard at the Capitol. (See it at

Brown did not participate. But the activity appeared to reflect the taste of the 75-year-old, health-conscious governor, who has studied religious teachings and espouses the benefits of exercise.

Before the yoga session, Brown had installed a pingpong table in the courtyard, once occupied by a tent in which the Democratic governor's predecessor, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, smoked cigars.

"From cigar tents to yoga mats," Brown's press office said in its tweet.

Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said Friday that Thursday's event was organized by Yoga Across America, a Sacramento-based nonprofit. There are no immediate plans for a follow-up session, he said, but added, "We certainly hope we can do it again."

"What it shows," Westrup said, "is our office is capable of both fiscal and spiritual balance."


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